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Coming to Life
Joy Ladin

Sheep Meadow
2011 • 102 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-931357-83-8

Ladin continues the journey of self from one gender to the next—a journey of the soul in and out of flesh

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“Ladin draws the reader into a world of harsh truths, uncanny beauty, inspired erudition, ironic wit, and cadenced music…. imagination rules, wedding poetic forms to unflinching meditations on human suffering, terror, love, and unbearable loss. Despite the ubiquity of evil and death in her poems, there is, in Yeats’s words, ‘a gaiety transfiguring all that dread.’”—Herbert Leibowitz

From the Book:

Past to Future

I know you’re done with me,
but I’m not done with you.

For years I held you while you grew.
For years you grew while I—

what happened to me? What happens
to the eggshell

when life breaks through
is happening to me

as you emerge, wondering
not at all

about the life
or am I death

that sheltered you.

JOY LADIN’s previous books include Alternatives to History, The Book of Anna and Transmigration. She is a Fulbright Scholar and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. Ladin is currently working on a study of American modernist poetics while writing a memoir called Inside Out: Confessions of a Woman Caught in the Act of Becoming. She is David and Ruth Gottesman Professor of English at Stern College of Yeshiva University.

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